Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

Table of vibrators:

Until the 1920s, female patients thought to be hysteric were treated by having their genitals massaged until the patient had a "spasm". Obviously, this was actually an orgasm. Doctors welcomed the introduction of mechanical devices to achieve the same effect, because they made it much easier and less fatiguing for their hands. (!) Early Sears-Roebuck catalogues contained a page of vibrator devices that could be ordered.

Yeah, right... "Mrs. Pinswiggle, I am afraid we must induce another spasm."

They sure have streamlined the design over the years.

The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices
The 10 Weirdest U.S. Museums
via The Presurfer

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